Understanding how to associate a function of a parabola with its graph. Students will explore varies functions and determine its graph. They will then use what they learned to predicate where a particular graph of a different function will appear on the coordinate plane.
Before the Activity
The students will have already seen the graph of a parabola is y = x2. They should also record the other graphs they explore to conclude a pattern that they should notice.
During the Activity
Print copy of the attached document for each student.
After the Activity
Review student results and discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging. Re-teach concepts as necessary.